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UK-GBC supports construction strategy

The UK Green Building Council (UK-GBC) has come out in support of the government's strategy for promoting growth in the economy and making the UK a leading light in sustainable construction in the years ahead.

Published today (July 2nd), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has released its Construction 2025 report, outlining a number of green aims the government believes are achievable over the coming 12 years, including a 33 per cent reduction in whole-life costs of built assets and 50 per cent lower greenhouse emissions for new-build and refurbished properties.

In addition, the proposals include provisions to boost the prospects of small to medium-sized builders in particular, with a pledge to offer greater amounts of trade credit to small businesses and developing a fairer payment charter for construction.

Meanwhile, improvements and innovation in green construction practices will help the UK to thrive in the face of increasing global competition.

According to the UK-GBC, as the country aims to be at the forefront of delivering low-carbon, energy-efficient buildings by 2025, these are all goals that should be wholeheartedly welcomed.

Director of policy and communications at the organisation John Alker commented: "The challenge now for government is to ensure that the ambition translates into action, by providing clarity on issues like zero carbon homes and giving industry confidence in the future of green policy."

He added sustainable development can act as a key driver for economic recovery, providing significant export opportunities and driving innovation across the supply chain.

However, Paul King, chief executive of UK-GBC, noted last week there is now growing concern within the sector regarding the performance of the coalition's flagship energy efficiency initiative the Green Deal.

Indeed, he argued in an open letter to both climate change minister Greg Barker and shadow climate minister Luciana Berger that the Green Deal should be viewed as a scheme that is "too important to fail" and therefore action must be taken to boost interest among the general public. 

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